Tea Kettles: Ratings of Sources
The editors for one of the world's toughest test kitchens put three tea machines, eight electric tea kettles and five adjustable electric kettles through their paces. Each model is evaluated on its design merits, ease of use, and of course its performance when boiling water or brewing tea. The editors' notes on why some models aren't picked are often just as helpful as their actual picks.
Tim Barribeau and Winnie Yang select about a dozen variable-temperature electric kettles based on their research, including expert interviews and evaluating the most popular kettles as consumer review sites. They then choose five of those for in-depth hands-on testing. Their lengthy, thoughtful analysis provides an excellent overview of the state of the modern tea kettle, and they've updated the article several times since its initial publication.
The experts at Serious Eats subject four hot water kettles to hands-on testing, reporting on boil time, overall performance, ease of use, the range of other features and of course a smattering of pros and cons. They also take both tea lovers and coffee lovers into account in the same article and make recommendations for both.
A frustrated reader writes in to the editors of The Kitchn.com, asking for their help in choosing a new teakettle. They recommend three electric tea kettles that they've recently reviewed. Each well-balanced, hands-on review offers a nice mix of pros and cons. Unlike some experts, the editors here also remember to take a kettle's cost-effectiveness into account, too.
The editors of Good Housekeeping put two dozen hot pots through hands-on testing, evaluating them for temperature accuracy, boil time, ease of use, and even their company's customer service. Although they don't assign comparative scores to the kettles, each quick-hit review offers a nice blend of pros and cons to consider.
This site is all coffee, all the time. They provide a thoughtful, but brief, analysis of five pour-over kettles, including two that we selected among our best reviewed. Although they don't assign comparative ratings to each kettle, they're clear about what they do (or don't) like, and their position as coffee experts gives them excellent authority on this topic.
Lindsey Goodwin, the coffee/tea expert for About.com, publishes a collection of hot water kettle reviews on this page. Although she doesn't assign comparative rankings, each review includes a selection of pros and cons, plus the results of hands-on testing for boil speed and other features.
Amazon.com is one of the very best sources for user feedback on a wide range of products. This online retailer stocks electric kettles, stovetop kettles, tea machines and pour-over kettles for coffee enthusiasts. Amazon is a particularly great resource for how kettles perform in real world use, as well as how they hold up over the long term; including rust resistance.
Walmart stocks a wide variety of tea kettles—both stovetop and electric—and tea machines in its online store. User reviews here tend to be more thorough than those found in more niche retailers, but, unlike at Amazon.com, reviewers rarely revisit their reviews to provide durability updates.
Target stocks an extremely wide variety of stovetop and electric tea kettles in its online store; not all of them are available in the brick and mortar stores. Users review how well the kettles perform under real-world conditions. We take special note of models that receive a cumulative rating of 4 stars or better after at least 10 user reviews.
Bed Bath & Beyond stocks a fair assortment of tea kettles among their housewares. Online reviews from customers who've purchased these kettles tend to be brief and to the point; the top models stand out with a score of 4.4 stars or better after at least 10 user reviews.
BestBuy.com doesn't sell stovetop kettles, but they have a good selection of electric hot pots and a few tea making machines. User reviews on this retail website tend to be short and to the point, and reviewers can say if they would recommend the product to a friend.